‘Two-child policy’ town shows scope for reform

A woman holds one of her grandchildren in their home in Chengde, Hebei province, a town where inhabitants are not bound by the one-child birth-control policy enforced in other parts of China. Photo: AFP

A few places in China give parents a rare right to have two offspring rather than one, but many stop at a single child anyway – fuelling demands to end what critics call an unnecessary, harmful rule.

Thursday, 28 March, 2013, 2:44pm

Cultural treasures playgrounds of the rich

The Forbidden City is not the only cultural heritage site to run a club reserved for rich people.

In the former imperial summer resort in Chengde, Hebei province, leaflets were obtained advertising a private club in what is now a state-protected cultural and tourist site, Xinhua reported yesterday.

22 May 2011 - 12:00am

Rebels at Beijing's front door

Huairou district, a rapidly growing suburb of Beijing, is an excellent example of local defiance of authority and the rule of law. It is a vivid illustration of how such a breakdown can occur under the nose of the central government.

2 May 2006 - 12:00am

The Exhibition

The Exhibition

Treasures of the Chengde Summer Palace Exhibition

16 May 2004 - 12:00am

What's On


A classic Chinese opera written some 500 years ago has been transformed into a modern Cantonese play by Class 7A Drama Group.

Snow in June will be staged at the Sir Run Run Shaw Hall, Chinese University of Hong Kong, today and tomorrow at 7.30pm.

23 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

The lost children

THEY are easy to spot even on Beijing's crowded streets: homeless, hungry and far from their remote village roots, their youth sets them apart from the flood of migrants drawn to the city by the promise of opportunity and wealth.

20 Aug 1995 - 12:00am

ADB to lend mainland record US$1b

A RECORD US$1 billion is to be lent to China this year as part of a radical strategy by the Asian Development Bank.

The focus of the ADB's development lending is to shift from the more wealthy provinces of eastern China to the previously overlooked and more poverty-stricken interior.

4 May 1993 - 12:00am